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European Deaf Golf Open Championships

September 2, 2013

The English Deaf Golf Team sent 2 teams of 4 players to the European Deaf Golf Open Championships which was held at Kytaja Golf Club, nr Hyvinnka in Finland.

17 year old Paul Waring from Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club won the European Deaf Golf Championships scratch individual event to be crowned the European Deaf Golf Champion for 2013. Paul shot rounds of 72 and 79 with a combined score of 151, 3 shots ahead of 2nd placed Andreas Nilssn from Sweden and 4 shots ahead of 3rd placed Hans Elgaard from Denmark.

The event took place on Kytaja’s Northwest Course which recently hosted a European Challenge Tour event.The course conditions were difficult especially with lightning fast undulating greens which measured at 13-14 on the stimpmeter.

With Paul’s help the English Deaf Golf A Team also consisting of Martin Anderson (Malton & Norton), Michael Burris (Forest Hills(Glos)) and Jay Stally (Seaford) also won the team event on the closest ever of margins. Sweden despite being 12 shots behind England after the first round fought back in the second round to equal the scores which had to be decided on countback which fortunately England won on.

This is both a first for the English Deaf Golf Team - an England player winning an international deaf golf event individual as well as team event.

England B team came 4th behind 3rd placed Denmark and ahead of Finland A with a credible fightback after a disastrous first round. Special mention must go to Jason Albutt (Little Lakes) for having the biggest improvement between the two rounds - 16 shots which greatly helped to gain the 4 th place.

Other members are Peter Baker (Ellesmere Port), Mark Forrest (Leyland) and Ben Stephens (Rutland Water)

The England Deaf Golf Team are now looking ahead to the 10th World Deaf Golf Championships at Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, USA. They are looking for support and sponsorship - contact  
Ben Stephens, Secretary of English Deaf Golf Association on or by just giving -

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